With Lee Gregory of Halifax Town and Andre Gray of Luton Town well clear of Brett Williams of Aldershot Town and fellow Hatter Paul Benson in the goal charts; Ben Tomlinson of Lincoln City still has a rather elusive milestones to reach. STMI also wish Luton congratulations – we said Still was the man to take you back to the promised land – the Conference will be much the poorer without you and your hordes at the turnstiles.
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Hopefully the fitness doubts that robbed the Hatters of Gray’s prowess against Braintree will enable him to make up the one goal deficit to crown a superb season for the goal machine and the Hatters. Gregory got back to scoring ways, after two without a goal, to edge ahead with a goal in the 4-0 romp at Barnet.
No one should bet against either to break thirty goals to take the honours, but Gregory has to be the favourite. Prior to the short barren spell he had plundered seven in four games, including a brace against Alfreton and a treble at the well tanned Hyde. Gray has just one in his last six games, although he bagged 5 in 3 including a treble at the Bulls in a seven nil rampage. Williams of Aldershot (21) and fellow Hatter Benson(17) look too off the pace to trouble the top two crackshots.
Tomlinson, in 5th meanwhile, has just three games to bag the two goals he needs to break the twenty goal barrier and emulate Simon Yeo (21 almost a decade ago). Currently on 18 goals in all competitions STMIs tip for 20 this season has been sidelined by a three match suspension thanks to 15 yellow cards, but who would bet against a passionate talismanic figure hitting an elusive target during another frustrating season for a club of the Mighty Imps stature? Imps can click here for the hoped-for goal machines of 2013/14.
Top 20 Skrill Premier Goal Machines
|2||Andre Gray||Luton Town||27|
|3||Brett Williams||Aldershot Town||21|
|4||Paul Benson||Luton Town||17|
|5||Ben Tomlinson||Lincoln City||16|
|Scott Boden||Macclesfield Town||16|
|James Norwood||Forest Green Rovers||16|
|John Akinde||Alfreton Town||16|
|Connor Jennings||Grimsby Town||15|
|11||Louis Moult||Nuneaton Town||14|
|12||Luke Guttridge||Luton Town||13|
|Dan Fitchett||Salisbury City||13|
|Dan Holman||Braintree Town||13|
|16||Yan Klukowski||Forest Green Rovers||12|
|Luke Berry||Cambridge United||12|
|19||Michael Gash||Kidderminster Harriers||11|
Ben Tomlinson is determined to score against Scunthorpe Utd tonight and thus turn his debut strike against Middlesbrough FC into a scoring run. Goals breed confidence for a striker as well as the team, but there is more at stake than this tonight. Indeed when it comes to goal pedigree, Rowe, Wright and Yussuf already have 3 goals chalked up.
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Clearly County pride comes into this one, with Simmo the first manager to take the County Cup seriously for some time. That has been such a shame given the desire for a Lincoln side to win the Lincolnshire County cup was the raison d’etre for the forming of Lincoln City, the the Cits or Citizens in the first place. Councillor Bainbridge, William Mortimer and 22 others turned out at the Monson Arms hotel in 1884 with such a vision as two clubs were merged and the goal achieved in 1886-87 to finally topple the Sleaford dominance in the county
Yet the real elephant in the room, other than the ruse that The Iron will play a weakened team, is somewhat closer to home, not to mention the financial bone. Lincoln City have to start winning home games if the club is to get the crowds back and challenge sufficiently to continue to reverse what has become an alarming trend. Peter Jackson cited an inability to win enough games at home as the major reason for his premature departure. With under 500 at the previous two home games, despite 1200 season ticket holders, let us hope the £6 / £3 entry fee will tempt a few more in.
The added bonus of a win will then hopefully tempt a few more to turn out for the Boston game and community day this Saturday. The win may not be so likely of course, but the manner of the performance can still do much to add to a healthy optimism around Sincil Bank. Scunthorpe will be a huge test, we are the underdogs, but the passion and style of play deserves a far greater audience after Saturday’s great display.
Fortunately most of the defence looks set to return and Tomlinson, Rowe, Wright, young Yussuf and midfield general Nolan are aiming to plunder goals. If Tomlinson gets on a goal run there will be no stopping him as 29 at Worksop and 6 in 10 before a leg break at Macc shows. He then got 14 last term for Alfreton as a support striker, suggesting we have a goal machine at Sincil Bank. In reality we have more with, Fairhurst, for one, yet to find his fitness and feet, but very much a goal machine in his Doncaster days. Then there is Rowe and Wright who have bagged hat-tricks and dark horse Yussuf also three gaols to the good and certainly rediscovering his own knack for finding the net. Nob bad really for a side still blending, in a pre-season hampered by injuries to key personnel.
So the chance for the full squad to pit themselves against the County’s best equipped side, will be seen as a welcome test. Surely that, curiosity and County pride will break the four figure mark tonight?
KEY = St= starts, Sub= On as Sub, Mins = minutes on the pitch, Ass= Assists, F’s= Fouls, F’ed=Fouled, YC=Yellow Cards, RC= Red Cards.
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Ben Tomlinson was chased by Bradford City, Sheffield United and Rotherham Utd before Simmo nipped in and signed him for Macclesfield Town for an undisclosed fee and Alfreton Town did the same last term. He is a younger and perhaps even better version of Ashley Grimes, now at Bury FC, with that same, tenacity, goal touch and a card collection that will ensure regular fireworks at Sincil Bank. The Imps have had to up their bid to Afreton but Simmo has got his man at last to land Ben on a two year deal.
Simmo actually got Macc to fork out a fee for the little goal machine, who had notched 29 goals in the previous season for Worksop. With scouts from the Blades, Millers, Bantams and even Forest filing their final reports and trials in the offing Simmo charmed him just in time with first team football paramount. Ben, just a babe, had also got 17 in the previous two seasons as a youthful understudy who was still breaking records in the youth side. Simmo is Tomlinson’s kind of manager and he responded well netting two in the last 5 minutes as a sub at Hereford, before getting one of the fastest goals in Football League history (6.4 seconds against Morecambe). Ben got 6 in just 10 starts under Simmo at Macc, before breaking his foot to end an awesome start. Last term he got 14 in 31 starts for Alfreton, acting as support striker to Clayton with Nathan Arnold supplying the bullets (HERE). He is a battler with 10 yellows and a red last term, however the official accreditation of 2 assists undervalues his all-round contribution to the team.
Ben’s Alfreton Stats 2012/13
Ben’s Macc Stats 2011/12
|Full name||Ben Tomlinson
|Date of birth||31 October 1989 (age 24)|
|Place of birth||Dinnington,|
|Height/Weight||5 ft 11 in / 12st 8lbs|
|Club & tenure||Lincoln City 2 year deal|